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Arsenal academy star really impressed Arteta in 4-0 friendly win over Brentford - report

Arsenal academy ace Tim Akinola reportedly impressed Gunners boss Mikel Arteta on Thursday.

This is according to All Nigeria Soccer, who covered the 20-year-old’s non-competitive debut for the Gunners.

Arsenal took part in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford at London Colney on Thursday.

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With the international break in full swing, the Gunners sought to give game time to those who didn’t go away.

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Cedric Soares scored twice against the Bees, while Gabriel Magalhaes and Alexandre Lacazette also got on the scoresheet.

According to All Nigeria Soccer, Arteta gave Akinola minutes off the bench in the game.

“The feelers from the Emirates Stadium indicate that the Spaniard was very impressed with the display of Akinola in (Thursday)’s game,” they added.

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Who is Arsenal academy ace Tim Akinola?

Akinola joined the Gunners last summer after leaving Huddersfield at the end of 2019-20.

He began his football journey aged 16, when he linked up with Mansfield Town.

Akinola also played for Lincoln City’s academy before joining Huddersfield in June 2019.

He has clocked up 26 appearances for Arsenal Under-23s so far, all in the Premier League 2.

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“Really combative midfielder”

Brighouse Town FC boss Vili Powell spoke to The Sun last summer about Akinola’s time on loan at the club.

“I’ve got to admit a move to Arsenal from Huddersfield certainly wasn’t expected from what I saw with his time with us,” he said.

“He joined us on loan when we had a few injuries – he was a quiet lad, but a really combative midfielder.

“He was box-to-to-box, won the ball back well and he had a positive impact while he was with us.

“Physically his frame isn’t imposing or big, but what he does do really well is he covers a lot of ground and gets the ball back quickly.

“I can see why a Premier League club might’ve picked Tim up, but it’s come as a surprise at our football club.”

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